The Geography Department
The Geography department is exciting, innovative and forward-looking. We aim to encourage and inspire all age groups within the school to share our interest and passion for this highly relevant subject. There are eight teachers in the department. The department is based in specialist classrooms; all are equipped with computer projectors and interactive whiteboards. In addition, two classrooms have computer suites of networked PCs. Skills (cartographic, digital, graphical, fieldwork, multimedia and statistical) play an important role in our approach to teaching and learning.
Geography is taught throughout the school. In Years 7 and 8, we foster a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people and a sense of geographical enquiry. In Y9 we have designed a contemporary ‘Geographical themes’ based curriculum that integrates contemporary geographical issues and students begin their internally assessed ‘Middle School Geographical Skills Award’. Geography is a popular subject and each year, approximately 240 students study IGCSE (Edexcel) Geography and approximately 70 students take IB Geography in the Sixth Form, the majority at Higher Level. Academic standards are very high: many students achieve the top grade at IGCSE and almost all students achieve at least a grade 6 and most a grade 7 at IB. An increasing number of students choose to study Geography/Geography related degrees at top universities.
Fieldwork forms a central part of the subject at all levels. In KS3 fieldwork focuses on geographical skills and GIS enquiry in the local area. At IGCSE, fieldwork involves Urban Fieldwork Enquiry Skills and Coastal Fieldwork Enquiry Skills and a six-day ‘awe and wonder’ residential fieldtrip to Southern Iceland. At IB level, there is an urban field trip to East London, a three-day, project based residential fieldtrip to Devon, and a ten-day ‘awe and wonder’ residential fieldtrip to Morocco (Marrakech, the High Atlas Mountains and the Saharan desert fringe.)
The department runs a popular weekly middle Sixth Form Geography Society, which develops students’ critical awareness beyond the syllabus as well as promoting university and career opportunities. The department has close links with the charity ‘Empathy Action’ hosting and coordinating simulations of ‘The Poverty Trap’ and ‘Desperate Journeys’ for Sevenoaks students and for students of local schools. The department also has strong links with the organisation ‘Education for All Morocco’ and for many years a student led body has produced and sold a Geography Calendar to raise money for the charity. Further details can be seen by visiting the departmental website at www.sevenoaksschool.org.
The school requires a well-qualified and committed graduate to teach Geography. The successful candidate will be expected to teach across the year groups, have good ICT skills and contribute to field trips including regularly accompanying residential trips. Love of the subject and an ability to inspire and stretch motivated students is essential. He or she will work well as part of a dynamic and forward-looking team. We welcome applications from teachers new to the profession as well as those with teaching experience. The opportunity to train for PGCE may be available. A commitment to excellent pastoral care and enriching co-curricular activities is also expected.
A commitment to excellent pastoral care, enriching co-curricular and outreach activities is also expected.
For further details please see the attached Job Description
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